Can Western Bulldogs Women Bite Back?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

They’ve lost their inaugural Head Coach (Peta Searle) to St Kilda and #1 Draft pick (Tiah Haynes) to injury but the Doggies are determined to turn the tables on their 2013 performance in the first AFL Women’s Exhibition Game. Contested at the MCG Melbourne FC hosted the Doggies and won the game by 32 points. The pinnacle of the female football talent pathway this game involves the best 50 female players across Australia to represent Western Bulldogs FC and Melbourne FC. 

The 2013 players were selected through a draft process that saw Daisy Pearce (Darebin Falcons, Victoria), selected #1 from more than 200 nominations. The second instalment of the Draft in 2014 aimed to provide an opportunity for another 24 players after 26 were retained from the initial match. This year 284 players nominated.

The match commences for the Hampson-Hardeman Cup (named after the original founders of Women’s National Championships) at Etihad Stadium on June 29 starting at 10.10am. Entrance for early patrons is via Gate 2.

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Umpires for the game have come from the AFL Victoria Female Umpire Academy and Leagues and will be managed by Neville Nash.

Field Umpires x 4
  • Shannon Kirkby
  • Alex Anthony
  • Annie Mirabile
  • Elise Cooper
Boundary Umpires x 4
  • Molly Jennings
  • Bridget Howard
  • Paige Hinrichs
  • Stephanie Girardo
The goal umpires were nominated by their umpiring group;
  • Kaitlyn Carthew (Eastern FL)
  • Shannon Colgan (Essendon DFL)
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